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Old 09-30-2012, 06:27 AM
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The best DIY instructions for VC replacement are BB's reference #3 above, the Beisan procedure: It has tools required and pictures of each step. Just go as far as the VC removal and skip the Vanos portion (although replacing your seals is HIGHLY recommended).

A failing CCV rarely makes any audible sound. Your cricket is probably something else. Your low mileage car suggests a history of short drives. This is the classic cause of a CCV failure. Since this DIY is one of the more difficult, hopefully the tests (which BTW are not conclusive) indicate you do not have a failed CCV. The most reliable symptoms of a failed CCV are a smokey exhaust and excess oil consumption.
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